Setting standards in industrial lubrication manufacturing since 1976
Setting standards in industrial lubrication manufacturing since 1976.

Who We Are

CLC Lubricants is a family-owned and customer-oriented manufacturer of industrial fluids. Our team of highly experienced employees and advanced testing capabilities ensures the highest degree of customer service and satisfaction. Schedule a free lubrication consultation or contact us to see what it is like to be a part of the CLC family.

Creating Solutions Since 1976

CLC Lubricants manufactures industrial lubricants and metalworking fluids for a diversified industry, including machine shops, screw machine shops, fastener manufacturers, injection molders, extruders, drawing and stamping plants, EDM facilities and heat treaters.

Founded in Addison, IL in 1976 by Joseph W. O’Brien, Sr., CLC Lubricants Company grew from its original 2,500 sq. ft. facility to a 5,000 sq. ft. building. A few years later, another 5,000 sq. ft. facility was added. In 1985, CLC purchased a 27,000 sq. ft. plant and office which it now occupies in Geneva, IL.

CLC Lubricants’ state-of-the-art laboratory enables it to create custom-blended formulations for many special applications.

Located in Geneva, IL, CLC Lubricants is ISO 9001:2015 certified, which assures our customers that our quality management system holds up to rigorous international standards. The company also has been designated a “Master Distributor of Lubriplate Greases”.

CLC Lubricants’ history continues with a tremendous staff, innovative chemistry, proven product quality and outstanding customer service!

Our Team

Meet some of the individuals that spearhead the efforts of CLC to provide outstanding products and services to our family of customers.

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Pat O’Brien

A co-owner of CLC, Pat has presided over the company since 2003, ensuring that we always follow our mission of providing our customers with the highest quality products, services, and support. With an educational background in environmental sciences and entrepreneurial business, Pat is well-poised to ensure CLC exceeds the expectations of our customers in all aspects of being an industry leading industrial fluids manufacturer. As a passionate fan of the high technology and tight tolerances of motorcycles and automotive racing, Pat’s love for lubrication optimization can be seen in his desire to pack the most performance possible into all of our products.

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Michael O’Brien

Vice President of Sales
A co-owner of CLC, Michael continues the legacy of customer-oriented industrial fluid manufacturing his father started in 1976. Instrumental in setting up our current Geneva, IL plant, Michael has extensive experience in all aspects of CLC business, including: truck driving, shipping, blending, warehousing, sales, and management. Graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1986, Michael has been the Vice President of Sales at CLC Lubricants since 2000. A father of four, he enjoys cycling with friends and family, and home renovation projects. His attentiveness to family shows in his approachability and eagerness to help our customers overcome their challenges. 

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Karen O’Brien 

Office Manager
Graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Computer Science in 1985, Karen has 17 years of experience working in IT. A mother of four, she has been with CLC Lubricants since 2015, where she works diligently to ensure office operations are optimized to allow us to be an extensive and efficient resource for our customers.

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Bob Pakula

Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Bob is responsible for ensuring that our customers receive the timely service and high quality products CLC is known for. With a degree in business and over 40 years of manufacturing experience, Bob has the knowledge necessary to ensure operational excellence.

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Ryan Hamilton

Laboratory Manager
Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the chemical industry, with 10 of those years spent testing and formulating lubricants and metalworking products.  His favorite part of the job is using his technical knowledge to provide solutions for customers.  It is very rewarding to build a product that exceeds the customer’s expectation.  

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As Controller, John is responsible for the company’s financial compliance and statutory reporting, accounting, cash management, pricing, and financial planning and analysis. 

With a more than 40-year career rooted in finance, accounting, and business management, John’s tenure with the company began in 2015.  With his hands-on involvement in all facets of company operations, and as a member of the management team, he enjoys surrounding himself with a team of exceptional and dedicated employees working together to strategically grow the company. 

John earned his BS – Finance and Accounting from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Management from Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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John Howard

Account Manager

John has been with CLC Lubricants Inc. for over 13 years. He studied at University of California – Davis and also at University of Illinois – Chicago. He is a proud member of TMA (Tooling & Manufacturing Association). John enjoys bass fishing not only with his son, but also several clients!

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Doug Weber

Account Manager

Doug has over 20 years of experience in the metalworking industry. Ever since working at a small-town sporting goods store in High School he has wanted to be involved in sales. Doug works for his customers and always treats their businesses like his own.

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Brett Messink

 Account Manager

Brett has over 5 years of experience in industrial sales, vendor managed inventory supply chain solutions, and customer service.  Throughout his career, Brett’s goal has been to forge ongoing partnerships with his customers by providing firsthand service to meet and address their individual needs & concerns.

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Alex Small

Account Manager

Alex was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine.  He is a 2022 magna cum laude graduate of Xavier University double majoring in Marketing and Data Analytics. Alex has worked with Wisconsin and Lake County, Illinois manufacturers on behalf of CLC Lubricants since September 2022.

What Our Customers Think

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“Doug was extremely helpful getting me set up in our new tool shop. It has been over 20 years since I was a machinist, so I relied on him to provide me what I needed to get things up and running. Doug came to Logoplaste a couple of times to help me get mixtures right and test some samples for us. I am looking forward to working with Doug & CLC in many other areas of Logoplaste nation-wide.”

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"It is a pleasure doing business with CLC. The sales team is highly knowledgeable about metalworking fluids and their applications. John Howard is always available to provide valuable feedback and support as a critical supplier for us. The inside customer support staff is exceptional to work with. They are always professional and courteous and go above and beyond to meet their customer's needs."

We Can Help You!

Whatever your application-specific challenges may be, CLC has the expertise and experience to help. As a custom blender of industrial fluids, we are committed to not only offering the best in class product lines for general use, but also to developing new products designed in our laboratory specifically to overcome our customers’ challenges. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you reach your production goals.